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Not So Fast, Dubya
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Commissioner Buddy-Boy Selig was awarded (is that the right word? Methinks not, but I can't come up with anything better, so bear with me munecas) a 3-year extension to his commish contract today, ensuring his position through the 2012 season. Apparently turning a blind eye to rampant steroid use (not that I'm really complaining... I like home runs as much as the next dude/dudette) and then jumping on board Senator Mitchell's anti-drug wagon like Nancy Regan is just the amalgamation of job experience the owners were looking for. In fact, they voted unanimously to keep Buddy around. Perhaps, like me, they were fearful that George Bush would try to weasel his way into the job once his devastating tenure in the White House was finally over (how the hell long has it been? Feels like at LEAST 15 years...).

In addition to the steroids issues - both the ignoring and the recent eradication crusade - there have been some very positive developments in baseball during Buddy's term (let's forget for a moment about that whole "strike" business). Revenue is up, the league has expanded, stadiums are selling out like it's going out of style (oh wait... sorry, Marlins), MLB.com has improved vastly, and even the most interchangeable utility players are scoring big contracts. I assume most of his energies over the next 4 years will go into talking about, testing for, and punishing users of steroids, so there most likely won't be any major changes in any other aspect of the game, but the steroids angle is surely a problem worthy of his main focus. And hey, even if nothing gets accomplished in that regard, like I said: at least we know Dubya ain't coming near baseball.

posted by Yankees Chick @ Thursday, January 17, 2008  
  • At 8:25 PM, Blogger EricSanSan said…

    I know the reasons he was kept, and they are all valid points that Selig should recieve praise for. In the article, it mentions that baseball revenues were at 1.66 billion when he took over, a figure he has bested by 600 percent. Major League Baseball raked in over six billion dollars last season, while posting record attendance numbers along the way. Even as the sport was clouded in a tainted run at its most hallowed record, fans continued their pilgrimages to stadiums all over the country.

    My problem had to do more with integrity, and allowing an illegal culture to flourish because the money made was more important. Sadly, just as in other facets of corporate life, the bottom line won out over the character and respect of the game.

    Eric SanInocencio
    Rays Anatomy

  • At 8:42 PM, Anonymous Jim said…

    While I don't think it was right for Selig and the MLB as a whole to ignore the steroid use, you have to admit that by doing so, they increased the popularity (and thus $$$) of baseball by a considerable amount.

  • At 6:50 AM, Anonymous Cam said…

    YankeesChick, I have only been reading your blog for about a month now, navigating to your page after Pete Abe referenced you in one of his articles, but I have to say I will not be reading anymore. I read about 10 blogs a day, either related to the Yanks or just baseball in general, and yours is the only one to bring in politics. When I come to these blogs, I want to read about baseball, not something as polarizing as politics, especially since we can't get away from politics in any other type of publication. This is unfortunate because I love reading about the Yanks from a girls perspective, and I think your videos are very unique and it's nice to see the author of a blog put themselves out there for people to see. I know this post might be a bit unnecessary, but I just wanted to bring to your attention why you lost one of your readers. Please keep the insites coming about baseball, but leave the politics to yourself.

  • At 1:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It's her blog, Cam, not ESPN or MLB. Whether we agree with her politics or not, it IS a blog and not really intended to be a pure-news-only site.

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